FAQs

Who was Robert Noyce?

Born in Iowa, Noyce was a student of physics, graduating with a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953. Noyce began working with others on transistors in Silicon Valley and ultimately developed advances in the integrated circuit and single silicon chip. Noyce served as president of Intel and chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association. At his death in 1990, he held 16 patents and had received the National Medal of Science in 1979. Read more about Robert Noyce's influence on Steve Jobs and others here.

Who can apply for a Noyce Scholarship through the TEAMS Program?

The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship is available only to full-time Juniors and Seniors or to recent graduates who completed a mathematics or science major but not teacher licensure. Students must be able to complete the undergraduate degree and licensure requirements in no more than three years. Student should also be willing to fulfill the obligations regarding gpa requirements and teaching commitments.

What obligations do I fulfill in order to receive funding?

Noyce Scholarships are intended to increase access of high needs students to exceptional mathematics and science teachers. Therefore, as a Noyce recipient, you would be required to complete a teaching commitment in a high needs school or district of two years if teaching per year of funding. Thus, if you receive scholarship funding for two years, you would complete four years of teaching to fulfill your obligation as a TEAMS Scholar. Many schools in our region qualify as high need schools. Our program advisors will assist you in determining whether your school of employment qualifies.

Should you decide not to teach or encounter challenges to doing so, our program advisors will assist you in considering your choices. More information is provided in the program contract and other documents. Please see the Project Director for more information.

What is a high needs district?

The National Science Foundation defines a high need district as one that meets the following criteria:

  1. The district has at least one school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for participation in the free and reduced price lunch program.
  2. It has at least one school in which: a) more than 34 percent of the academic classroom teachers at the secondary level (across all academic subjects) do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes; or b) more than 34 percent of the teachers in two of the academic departments do not have an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in, or a graduate degree in, the academic field in which they teach the largest percentage of their classes.
  3. It has at least one school whose teacher attrition rate has been 15 percent or more over the last three school years. 

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications for the current call for fall 2018 or spring 2019 Scholars is April 29, 2018.  Decisions will be made and shared by May 20 for new recipients.  

What are the benefits of participating in TEAMS?

The TEAMS program offers a unique opportunity math and science majors or recent graduates who have decided that teaching is a part of their future, a way to impact communities and students by sharing mathematics and science learning. In TEAMS, you will complete a program specifically designed to help you with teaching mathematics or science in high needs areas, participate in rewarding field experiences that will challenge the way you think about education and social structures, and become a part of a community of teachers dedicated to underrepresented students. In addition to scholarship money, TEAMS participants receive travel funding for at least one in-state conference during their studies and receive conference travel money in their first year of teaching. A strong mentoring component assists TEAMS participants in growing as early career teachers, and TEAMS participants can also serve as mentors for later TEAMS participants.